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Map & Directions 304 Sixth Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Japanese, Sushi
  • Sun, Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Visa
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Call-Ahead Seating Available, Accepted
  • Street


Seattle Weekly's Description

Sometimes you love a restaurant for a particular dish. Sometimes you love it because the fry cook is a genius or one of the bartenders is hot or because the kitchen always seems to make your riblets just right. Once in a while, though, a restaurant comes along that you love because it defines an entire neighborhood or city. Maneki is one of those—a unique place that has transcended mere goodness and become a kind of culinary landmark, woven indelibly into the genetics of the Seattle restaurant scene. Open for more than a hundred years, Maneki offers certain plates and presentations obtainable nowhere else in the entire area. It's an idiosyncratic place, and tends to inspire strong feelings in those who either love it for the weight of its history and the talent in its kitchen or hate it simply because they don't get what the big deal is about just another Japanese restaurant in a city bursting with them. We are firmly in the former camp, and can see Maneki acting like church—a place to be absolved of certain culinary sins by eating as close to the root of one of the world's great mother cuisines as you can get without a passport and a plane ticket.

Member Reviews

  • KyoungK wrote a review for Maneki
    on 05/13/10

    Super authentic Japanese food. Great hot food AND sushi. the best! They occasionally have uni (sea urchin) sashimi that's mind-blowing. Reservation highly recommended.

  • keithwaldbauer wrote a review for Maneki
    on 05/20/09

    I used to live in Japan, and I frequently get cravings to remind me of my time there. Lucky for me, Maneki is a block from my house. Even if it were across town, though, this is the spot I'd come for Japanese.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Eater on 07/28/11

    Getting seats at this 107-year-old Japanese restaurant can be an utter puzzlement, but should you crack the code, the mind-boggling list of specials are where it's at. [Eater 38 Member]

  • The Seattle Times on 05/26/10

    The truly-great-granddaddy of Japanese restaurants. Stuffs savory "doughnut-holes" with bits of octopus, sprinkled them with bonito flakes and called it tako-yaki.

  • Seattle Met on 02/18/11

    It does not get more old-school in Seattle than the century-old Maneki, a homey haunt of homely delights kept in line

  • Misty S. on 09/09/12

    Black cod collar!

  • Daniel on 02/18/12

    Try the menu!

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